WICB: WI bring region pride and joy
CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The West Indies Cricket Board on Sunday hailed the West Indies team for their Test series victory over hosts Bangladesh.
West Indies completed a 10-wicket victory over the Bangladeshis in the final match of their two-Test series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.
The result gave West Indies a 2-0 victory in the series and a fourth straight Test win for the first time in close to two decades.
“On behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB, I want to wish the players and the team management hearty congratulations on this achievement,” said WICB President Dr. Julian Hunte.
“They continue to bring pride and joy to the people of the Caribbean. Indeed, a huge achievement for the team, considering the tough conditions which they faced.
“But they did an excellent job, never losing faith in their collective ability, which eventually brought them to success.”
Dr. Hunte said this was another example of the hard work which the players and the team management have put in to achieve success.
“There have been challenges, but it is good to see the team is now reaping some measure of success,” he said.
“Though there is still plenty work for all of us to do to restore West Indies cricket to its ultimate place of excellence, this performance is another example that prospects for the future appear to be bright.”
Dr. Hunte praised all the players that were able to achieve personal milestones in the series, including Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels.
Chanderpaul earned the Man-of-the-Series award after scoring a double-hundred in the first Test and 150 in the second Test, while Best was West Indies’ most successful bowler with 12 wickets.
Powell became the first West Indies batsman in nine years to score a century in each innings of a Test during the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, and Samuels scored a maiden Test double hundred in the second Test at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in the south-western town of Khulna.
“They are all assets to the team, but every single player had a part to play in this success,” said the WICB President.
“We now look forward to further success in the five One-day Internationals and the Twenty20 International.”